For the Bruised Hearts and the Ones Waiting for a Miracle

July 12, 2013 | doubt, Encouragement, Faith | 26 comments

Sit by me, broken-hearted friend.

Jesus sees you. You know that?

He sees how your head hangs low. He knows how it can all feel like a fresh bruising.

Maybe it feels like someone cracked your dream right in half. Like the enemy wants to steal your hope, leaving a gaping wound in your soul.

Maybe it looks like the miracle is too far out of reach now.

I don't know all the details, but I know the One who does.

Friend, can I tell you a story? When you see a tree waving in the breeze today, maybe you'll remember this story about a tree:

It's a story about a blind man who needed a miracle. Some people brought that blind man to Jesus, begging the Healer to touch him.

Jesus put his hands on that man, and asked, "Do you see anything?"

The man looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around."

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People looked like trees. Not like people. But trees. It was a fuzzy misrepresentation. It was, like, half-seeing.

That man wanted clear vision, but this was just a fuzzy picture. Maybe it looked like the begged-for miracle was a bit too hard for Jesus.

But the miracle was already happening, even if it was still fuzzy around the edges. Once more, Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes, and the man's eyes were opened. "He saw everything clearly." (Mark 8:25)

Friend, the fuzzy picture may well be your miracle in progress. May I hold your hand today, and maybe we could remind each other that sometimes our miracles look like trees, with gnarled branches waving in the wind.

But one day, we'll be able to see it all clearly. And we'll remember how He touched our eyes...

(How can I pray for you? What's your "tree" today?)

by | July 12, 2013 | doubt, Encouragement, Faith | 26 comments

26 Comments

  1. Stephani

    I have a river that looks uncrossable and a mountain I just can’t tunnel through. I’d like to see a grove of trees – trees of provision. The weight of it is weighing heavy, no one to release it to but Jesus. I know he is surely enough, but the bigness of it is like a boulder on my chest. In just the last few moments I was praying to God to fix it, lift it, remove it, and somehow uphold me in the meantime. I need his provision in a miraculous way. As I prayed I began to scour my Bible app for any scripture that would lighten the suffocating heaviness that I began to feel just within the last hour as I pondered my current need. I decided to go to my Feedly app and click on the “spiritual” category. This post was the first one listed. I’m trying to hold in the sobbing as Jesus tells me through your post that he hears me. No known answers, but he hears me. I know this, but what a precious, tangible, almost audible penetration into my heartache. I can’t share my prayer request here, but yes I would definitely appreciate your prayers today. – Jennifer, this is why we blog. This is why we share the heart of Jesus on our pages.

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    • jdukeslee

      Oh girl … I’m humbled to read your words today. Isn’t God so good? I’m glad that you and I could be mutually encouraged in the faith. And I’m glad that we sat together a while. Praying for whatever is on your heart, Stephani. Love you, girl.

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  2. Sharon O

    This was a beautiful encouraging blog writing and I do believe it will touch many ‘who’ need it.

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    • jdukeslee

      Thanks, Sharon. God bless.

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  3. Robin

    God most certainly had you write this for me. My husband was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer 2 weeks ago. He had just climbed a mountain, checked in for routine surgery and BOOM, dreams shattered, thriving ministry instantly put on hold. We have landed in the deepest pit imaginable. Even so,in such a short time, we see His miracle unfold; it’s not clear, but we are watching with awe the faint, “fuzzy” reminders that He is holding all things together and working this through for good. Thank you for blessing me today, Jennifer.

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    • jdukeslee

      Oh Robin … Just. … Praying. (Sending you a private email shortly.)

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  4. Nikki B.

    Bruised heart and waiting for a miracle, describes me completely right now. My head has been hanging, the tears flowing very month that my husband and I don’t get our “little miracle.” It’s so hard to understand why, and yet even now I know Jesus is walking beside us through it all, in every detail and moment that is yet to come. Thanks for this today.

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    • jdukeslee

      Praying with you, Nikki. Praying that the great Lifter of our heads will lift yours toda, sweet girl.

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  5. Karmen

    Beautiful! Learning to see the fuzzy as the sweet promise of clarity. Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. Tess

    My tree is my marriage. It is falling…or maybe has fallen… apart. I’ve done all I can do and he is unreachable. He has made that clear to me. Logic says to let go and stop being rejected…it is incredibly painful and I have 3 kids to keep raising…they need a healthy mother…not one constantly crying. I need to move forward and heal but I’m having a very hard time letting go…this is my marriage! I don’t know if my tree is a restored marriage or just inner emotional healing and the ability to move on. Thank you for your prayers.

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    • Leah Adams

      Tess, I want to encourage you to HOLD ONTO your marriage. If there is abuse, remove yourself and your children until that can be stopped. You didn’t say there was so hopefully there is not. God is for your marriage. He instituted the marriage covenant and that is what it is… a covenant. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that you can ask or think. I pray the Lord will minister healing to your heart, even in the midst of holding on. I pray for humility and a fresh love for both you and your husband. Oh, Tess, God can do it, He can make a way where there seems to be no way.

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      • Kim

        I am so heartbroken that my engagement fell apart in January. I had so much invested in this relationship, including my 2 kids that adored him. I have been through a divorce from the kids father after he left for another woman, and in God’s perfect timing, he brought my ex into my life, and I love him dearly. I have begged God for the miracle of reconciliation or as Tess said above at least emotional healing so that I can be present for my kids. Does God honor this relationship like he would a marriage? Sometimes I think maybe my relationship is somehow less in His eyes because we had yet to make that covenant. What is your opinion and I would appreciate everyone’s prayers. Thank you,
        Kim

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  7. His Sparrow

    Oh my – such powerful words. Thank you. I was planning to ask for prayer – instead I will offer prayer to those above who are waiting for the trees to transform – and that today is my miracle – that I am able and have the privilege to do so.

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  8. Lisa

    My tree is my health, both physical and emotional. Lostness and mysterious undiagnosable pain.

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  9. Betsy Eberle

    I SO needed to hear this today~my daughter has decided she no longer wants me in her life, & the love of my life says we cannot work things out. My business & finances are failing & I feel like giving up. My coach says I’m stuck in conflict consciousness…I just want a hug, acceptance, & hope~

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  10. elizabethfstewart

    Hi friend. I’d appreciate your prayer for my beautiful youngest daughter, age 30 and single and discouraged about that. She’s spent her life wholeheartedly following Jesus, she’s beautiful, she’s funny and fun, yet it feels like not one “wants” her. I’m hurting for her.

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  11. HisFireFly

    many will be touched and led to His arms here
    thank you Jennifer!

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  12. S. Etole

    wondering where to begin …

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  13. Kelly Greer

    Yes Jennifer! No more fuzzy! That’s what the Healer can do. I woke up yesterday morning and decided I was going to stop worrying and start believing in the miracle I pray for! An unwaivering faith is what I want because – My healer has already shown himself faithful to me time and again …why won’t he also be faithful to the one I love who needs healing too? Yep, I’m asking with an unwaivering faith and believe in the places where I cannot see. Your words here bolstered that decision. Amen! and Amen!
    You encourage me again,
    Hugs,
    Kelly

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  14. Being Woven

    A most special post, Jennifer. Trees… I have much pondering and praying to do. Thank you so much for being here. I lift up so many before me in these comments and count it a privilege to be able to.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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  15. Debbie

    Thank you for the words of encouragement and truth, I’m asking for prayer for my son to return to the Lord with all his heart and live his life for him. For his eyes to see truth and turn from the lies. Thank-you again

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  16. Deanne Moore

    Just….thank you. And God continue to bless you with words to bless others. May He continue to pour his grace through you and answer your prayers and those we lift with you.

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  17. Nancy Ruegg

    Sometimes God does reveal that one of our pending miracles is “in the works!” Those moments do inspire our faith. And with eager anticipation we wait for the day when the fullness of that miracle will come to pass. Thank you, Jennifer, for the fresh insight from this familiar Bible story.

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  18. Nannette and The Sweetheart

    Wow, just a beautiful post. And reading all of the prayer requests made my needs seem insignificant. Like another reader, I will pause to pray for the others. In the Name above all Names. Thank you for the encouragement today!
    Nannette

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  19. Beth

    Jennifer, your words bless. Truly beautiful my friend. Thank you.

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  20. Anita Hunt

    What a true blessing this was, to read today. So thankful for how our Lord speaks through you. Thank you.

    Lifting you in prayer Jennifer, may your heart be encouraged. X

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